Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day, and Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is offering free HIV and syphilis testing.
The confidential tests include prevention counseling and are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26th at 2430 Poplar.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five people who have HIV are not aware that they have the virus. More than 6,300 Shelby County residents are living with HIV, and the county has lost 3,000 residents to the AIDS epidemic since it began. Shelby County accounts for 40 percent of all HIV/AIDS cases statewide.
The third screening in this year's annual Outflix Summer Film Series features one of German cinema's first sports comedies, which also happens to be a pro-gay film with a message of defeating homophobia.
Originally titled Men Like Us, the 2004 comedy tells the story of a gay soccer goalkeeper who, after being kicked off his team because he's gay, puts together an all-gay team to take down the homophobes.
The film screens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21st at Malco Studio on the Square. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.
The annual Memphis Black Pride, an African American LGBT celebration, kicks off on Thursday, June 14th and runs through Sunday, June 17th with multiple events scheduled at the Holiday Inn Select on Democrat Road and at the Venue Entertainment Complex at 2514 Mt. Moriah.
On Thursday, the event kicks off with a launch party at the Venue featuring an exotic male and female dance revue featuring the Men of Flavaworks. That party starts at 10 p.m.
On Friday, there's a "Cosmic Mix and Mingle" at the Holiday Inn Select from 4 to 8 p.m., followed by a wet tee-shirt contest at the Venue at 10 p.m. There's also an "I Love My Ladies" party at 10 p.m. at the host hotel.
On Saturday, there's a pool party at the Holiday Inn Select from 4 to 8 p.m., followed by "The Big Bang: A Star-Studded Show" hosted by Coco Labelle Thomas and Otis Mack at the Venue at 10 p.m.
The festivities wrap up on Sunday with a worship service at the Holiday Inn Select at noon, a family fun day at Chickasaw Heritage Park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and an "all white" farewell party at the Venue at 10 p.m. The Venue party goes on into the night with "The Celestial Mini Ball" starting there at 1:30 a.m.
For more information, check out the Memphis Black Pride website.
In the urban gay community, the word "tea" signifies a piece of sensitive and possibly highly sought-after information. And that's the kind of information that will be passed along at the Tea Forum on Saturday, June 9th at 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper).
Hosted by the Red Door Foundation, the forum is designed to educate, empower, and encourage LGBT African-Americans to become more active in standing up for their rights.
Discussion topics for the day include politics, health, domestic violence, gay families, education, SGL (same gender-loving) relationships, and self-efficacy. Attendees will have the chance to meet with emerging leaders of the local African-American LGBT community. Plus, there's free food and entertainment.
The annual weekly Outflix Summer Film series, a fund-raiser for the larger Outflix Film Festival in the fall, starts on Thursday, June 7th with a screening of Were the World Mine at 7 p.m. at Studio on the Square.
Were the World Mine, a film about gay empowerment, is a romantic musical inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Other films in this year's series include A Marine Story on June 14th, Guys and Balls on June 21st, and The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green on June 28th.
Tickets to each show are $10. For more information on Outflix, go here.